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Monday Quarterback Club Honors Bills 1965 AFL Championship Team
Our new feature covering the events from inside the QB club.
by Wally Bissett
Bills Daily Correspondent
Sept. 11, 2000
It was a memorable weekend as the Bills and the Monday Quarterback Club honored the 1965 Bills AFL Championship team. The fans at the Bills game were treated to see alumni from all four decades of the Bills existence prior to the game with an on field ceremony. All of the surviving players were able to attend the ceremony except George Saimes, who could not attend since he was being inducted in to the Michigan State Hall of Fame.
Each member of the 1965 team was introduced and walked through the inflatable helmet to the 35 yard line. Some of the biggest ovations were for Hall of Fame Guard Billy Shaw, Quarterback Jack Kemp, who was carrying his grandson, and former Head Coach Lou Saban.
On Monday at the Adams Mark Hotel there was a luncheon for the members of the Quarterback Club and the Championship team. There was an autograph session prior to lunch. It gave members of the QB Club the opportunity to meet and greet Ron McDole, Billy Shaw, Former Trainer Eddie Abramowski and former NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer.
After the meet and greet and lunch, Bills General Manager John Butler discussed some of the highlights of the Packers game. All players in the game came out healthy except for Shawn Bryson who sustained a sprained knee ligament. He will most likely play against the New York Jets next week. Joe Panos played two series against the Packers, and was fine according to GM Butler and should be back. This will definitely help the bills Offensive line questions.
John Butler also fielded some additional questions from the audience. One question was in regards to Jay Riemersma's touchdown catch where only the ball crossed the invisible line. Butler said "Jay remembered Wade Phillips told him two years ago about placing the ball over the invisible line for a touchdown." Riemersma's great long term memory skills resulted in a touchdown.
The other question Butler had was in regards to Rob Johnson and the back-up quarterback situtation. Butler said " Rob is improving every week and will make great strides with more playing time." The back up quarterback situtation will be a wait and see attitude as this week progresses. It will all depend where Doug Flutie is at recovering from his injury and Butler said, "it might make sense to wait a week until after the bye week. We will wait until Thursday."
The Bills next game is against the New York Jets from the Meadowlands in a tough AFC East Division Game. The next home game is October 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Wally Bissett's column will appear following every Bills Home Game and Buffalo Bills Monday Quarterback Club Meetings.
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